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Scheelite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Large, faceted scheelites are among the most beautiful of all collector’s gemstones. They occur in many colors and fluoresce very brightly. If cut properly, scheelites can have tremendous fire.

Ten Big, Beautiful, and Affordable Engagement Ring Stones

Looking for a gem that will make a big impression on your finger, not your wallet? These ten gems make great options for affordable engagement ring stones.

Willemite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Willemite is prized for its intense green fluorescence. Too fragile for jewelry use, faceted specimens are extremely rare.

Utopia: Online Faceting Designs and Diagrams

Jeff Graham’s Utopia gem design is a large Barion pear cut for light to medium-colored stones. Learn about this advanced design for experienced cutters.

Leucite Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Although abundant in various lava rocks, leucite is extremely rare in gem-quality form and often has a milky or cloudy look. Faceted stones as well as well-shaped crystals are prized by collectors.

Conflict-Free Diamonds: What Does it Mean?

Searching for an ethical engagement ring? Learn about conflict-free diamonds, issues with artisanal mining, and how to find a ring that’s right for you.

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